NIU to be smoke free July 1

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Smoke-freeIn compliance with the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, Northern Illinois University will become smoke-free Wednesday, July 1, joining more than 700 colleges and universities nationwide with smoke- and/or tobacco-free policies.

With the enactment of the new law, smoking will be prohibited on all campus property, defined as property that is owned, leased, occupied or otherwise controlled by NIU, both indoors and outdoors and in university-owned vehicles. In accordance with the law, smoking will be allowed in privately owned vehicles when traveling through campus. Smoking will be allowed in privately owned vehicles parked in unenclosed lots on campus.

Signs have been posted, and each building is being marked with appropriate messaging. Cement ash urns are already being removed from less-traveled parts of campus. Black ash urns will begin to be removed on July 1 until all urns are removed.

Additional information on NIU’s smoke-free policy, as well as cessation resources and frequently asked questions, are available on the Smoke-Free NIU website, niu.edu/smokefree.

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